Office romances are common everywhere. Workplace flings are often more complicated then your other romantic alliances. And decoding whether a female co-worker likes you can be like walking on a thin rope.
So have you been spending a lot of time with a female co-worker recently? All those late-night assignments have a tendency of heating things up a bit. Sharing hours together lead to innocent sharing of everyday trivia, sets the stage for exchanging more intimate personal details. From here, your equation can quickly turn into a serious relationship.
Co-working spaces can help you know a person well enough. If there is a mutual spark, you have a real shot of getting the person of your dreams. But what if you do not know whether the woman is really interested in you or just being polite? How will you find out whether your female colleague is into you romantically? There are always subtle signs that a female co-worker likes you, if she does. All you have to do is be smart to read them.
15 Signs A Female Co-Worker Likes You
Workplace interactions that send out mixed signals are common. You may be left wondering whether your relationship with a co-worker is strictly professional, bordering on friendship or something more.
Truth be told, a majority of workplace affairs are initiated by women. Men, being more practical, focus on their work and give less importance to building relationships in the workplace unless it’s about going out for drinks. Women tend to form personal relationships in the professional sphere, and because of this, feelings crop up. Something is bound to happen when your work friend becomes your work wife.
When a woman starts dropping subtle hints, it’s only natural to feel confused about whether she is just friendly with everyone or is she interested in you. In such a situation, it is best to clear doubts because you don’t want to get your hopes up for something that may not even exist. You don’t want to come across as a fool to the other person and the rest of your colleagues. And you definitely don’t want to waddle into the trouble waters that is workplace harassment.
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At the same time, if you like her, letting an opportunity pass just because you’re scared to approach her would be a shame too.
Moreover, men hate getting rejected on the face. So, it is best to get a grip on all the subtle signs she likes you before deciding whether to make a move or not.
Here are 15 subtle signs that a female co-worker likes you.
1. She smiles whenever she sees you
A female co-worker’s body language when she likes you is where you should start looking for these subtle signs. Here too, her smile is usually the first giveaway. You must observe whether she smiles at everyone or if it is just at you. Even if she is friendly and smiles at every man she talks to, there are ways you can tell whether there is something special in the way her lips curve for you.
If you notice an unmistakable twinkle in her eyes when you are around, then you definitely make her heart skip a beat. Read her eyes, are they smiling too? This is a sure shot sign that she likes you and is trying to draw your attention to her.
2. Your female colleague likes you if she finds ways to be around you
Be it for some help that she needs or sharing the hottest office gossip, she is always finds reasons to be around you. Wherever you go, you somehow run into her. If these run-ins happen more often than not, you can be sure that these are no coincidences.
We received a story of how this girl always asked her office mate to help her with some tech stuff on her phone. Later she confessed to him that she had been doing that to catch his attention. They are happily married now. When you find a female co-worker doing something similar, it is absolutely one of the subtle signs she likes you. Even more so, if you’re not even in the same department but she still seeks you out as her knight in shining armour.
3. She extends a friendly relationship beyond work
Though this could be a sign of just friendliness, you cannot rule out the possibility that she wants more than just friendship. The desire to get to know you on a personal level is often an indication of her secret crush on you. She will show an interest in your life outside work and will want to hang out with you in a one-on-one setting.
She will enquire about your family, likes and dislikes, and will try to learn as much about your life as she can. She perhaps wants to see how well you two will gel outside of work. She will give you hints that she wants to be your girlfriend. These are sure signs a female co-worker likes you but is hesitant in telling you so directly.
4. There are too many accidental touches
Let’s circle back to the topic of female co-worker’s body language when she likes you because women express as much through their gestures and expressions as they do with their words. So, pay attention. Your female co-worker’s body language will change in line with her feeling for you. some of the most prominent signs a female co-worker likes you can be decoded by noticing her body language.
You may find her hand ‘accidentally’ touching yours or she may brush her body against yours, making it look like an accident. If there is enough space for you two to go past each other, then there is no need for all these ‘accidents’ to take place. The only explanation for accidents is that she wants them to happen.
5. You catch her looking at you
Not sure if a female co-worker likes you? Train to look from the corner of your eye. You will see her looking at you from a distance but she will suddenly pull her gaze away when she realises you’ve noticed.
You may have been ignoring this frequent pair of eyes on you. If you’re interested in her too, start making a mental note of how often you find her looking when she thinks no one is noticing.
You might notice that she makes direct eye contact while talking to you, and the way her eyes hold your gaze stirs up something inside you. No, you’re not assuming things. Something is definitely brewing here.
6. She flirts with you
Office co-workers often indulge in some light-hearted flirting. More often than not, it is just a way to blow off some steam. But sometimes the person engaging in this innocuous banter may really be into you. She often compliments your shirt or your new pair of sunglasses. In clear sense, your colleague has been lightly flirting with you.
While she is flirting with you, see if she’s dropping subtle signs she likes you. The way she interacts with you may be more intense and forthcoming than that with other colleagues. Or you may notice that she has stopped flirting with others altogether and all her attention is reserved for you. It couldn’t be more obvious that she’s into you.
7. She remembers things about you
You may have mentioned your likes and dislikes to her, casually, at some point. But she makes a mental note of it. So when you’re hanging out together, she orders your favourite snack or go-to drink, without even having to ask you about it. It may leave you astounded, but that’s just what women do when they really care about someone.
After all, you are just colleagues. Unless your female co-worker does not have something special for you, there is no reason for her to be this nice to you.
This move is just her way of making sure you notice that she remembers the little things about you and has a soft corner for you. If you’ve experienced any of this first hand, you can be certain that your female co-worker likes you. And if she gets you a surprise birthday gift then you know what we are talking about.
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8. She always talks about hanging out ‘together’
Another surefire indication that a female co-worker likes you is her persistent interest in hanging out with you. She will ask you whether you want to get a drink over the weekend or if you want to grab a coffee after work. When you do hang out, she may bring up date ideas or suggest more stuff that you both can do together. She can tell you about the new coffee shop she wants to explore with you or new retail store that has opened up.
If your one-on-one outing doesn’t materialise, she’ll either make a plan for the office gang and rope you in or try to get involved in your plans for the evening or the weekend. That’s simply because she likes having you around and spending time with you. If that’s not a sign of her interest in you, we don’t know what would be.
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9. She gets all dressy
You have seen your colleague dress smartly for work, without a hint of being sexy. Sometimes, your female colleague in question may just dress very casually. All of a sudden, you notice that she is putting a lot of thought and effort into her appearances. More makeup, fancier clothes, blow-dried hair, exotic perfumes are her way of grabbing your eyeballs and holding your attention. Is she trying to get noticed by you?
Still not sure? Ask her whether she’s going out somewhere after work considering she looks all dressed up. If she says no and then blushes, you have your answer. This co-worker is putting the subtle signs she likes you out there. In case you like her too, just act on it already.
Is she wearing your favourite color? That’s a complete tell-tale sign that your female co-worker likes you. She is doing online shopping with your favourite color in mind. It’s all evident, isn’t it? She even wears your favourite perfume.
10. Everyone in the office thinks so too
Office gossip is often acutely accurate. Your co-workers notice you more than you give them credit for. Do they tease you with her name or vice-versa? If yes, then there definitely something brewing here that you may be oblivious of. As they say, there is no smoke without fire. If your friends outside of work also think that she is into you, then the hints she’s dropping are no longer subtle and you are wasting your time in this dilemma over whether or not to make a move.
If you both decide to get together and take things forward, make sure you lay some ground rules. Office affairs can also be troublesome, especially if things don’t pan out as expected.
11. Your female co-worker likes you if she shows interest in your life
When a female co-worker likes you, she will invariably take a keen interest in your life. She will ask you personal questions that evoke an emotional response. Sometimes, she may ask you questions just to know you better.
If you notice her delving deep into who you are and what makes you so, it is undoubtedly because of her interest in you. To be really sure, just observe how with other co-workers and the difference will become apparent to you.
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12. She leaves you cute little surprises
You walk to your desk and find a note saying ‘thank you for a great time last night’ or ‘Missed you at the office party’. Or there is a gift sitting on your desk and you open it to find something that you’ve wanted for a long time. These cute little surprises are her way of showing her feelings without saying a word.
Even if you’re embarrassed by this public display of her affection or annoyed at the thought of being at the receiving end of jokes and jibes from other co-workers, you can’t deny that all this attention is melting you heart. If you like her too, just reciprocate.
13. She compliments you
You wear a new shirt to work, and she will compliment you instantly for it. Or if you give a good presentation, she’ll be the first one to let you know how brilliant you were. It’s her way of showing that she notices you and appreciates your qualities.
If you too are interested in her, try to reciprocate by complimenting her from time to time. Casual exchanging of compliments can help build a healthy relationship.
14. She shares inside jokes with you
If your female colleague likes you, she will share the inside jokes with you. And if you like her back, you;’d get them instantly. That’s how the chemistry works.
There may be instances when you both look at each other and start laughing. No one else gets why you two are laughing, but you both know it instantly. Sharing inside jokes is a hallmark of closeness between two people. If you’ve attained that comfort level with each other, there is little room for ambiguity that you both want to take the relationship to the next level.
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15. She let you in on her secrets
Women may have earned the reputation of being blabbermouths but they don’t let their deepest secrets are known to a person unless there is absolute trust. She could have told you she wants to have a jacuzzi in the house. If she lets you in on her secrets and shares with you intimate details about her life with she hasn’t shared with anyone else in the office, you’ve definitely earned a special place in her heart. There is no doubt that this female co-worker likes you.
If you notice these signs, you can rest assured that she likes you. She may play hard to get or feel hesitant in putting her feelings out there. In that case, you must be able to pick on the hints and make a move. It now boils down to what you want to do about these feelings? Do you like her enough to take things forward or are you going to ignore her feelings and hope they’ll go away? Office romances can be tricky. It’s up to you to take a call on whether you want to take the risk or play it safe.